If you have sensitive teeth, eating ice cream can be more pain than pleasure. Suffering from sensitive teeth is extremely common – it’s estimated that around half of us will suffer from it at some point in our lives. So, if you are tired of wincing with that first scoop of raspberry ripple, what can you do about it? Well the good news is that there are many ways that you can reduce or eliminate sensitive teeth.
Teeth become sensitive when surface enamel wears down, exposing the layer of dentine underneath. Dentine is a bone-like substance that makes up the greatest proportion of a tooth. Without a protective layer of enamel, sensations – whether hot or cold – travel down tiny channels within dentine to the nerves at the centre of the tooth.
Something of a mouthful to pronounce, Coenzyme Q10 is often shortened to CoQ10. The nutrient is present in meat, fish and poultry. However, only around a quarter of CoQ10 comes from diet, with the rest produced by naturally occurring processes within the body.
Our body’s cells need Coenzyme Q10 for basic maintenance and to process energy. It’s vital that we have adequate levels of this nutrient to ensure that our metabolism, brains, bones and muscles are all functioning properly. It is also an antioxidant, meaning that it rids the body of free radicals – waste products of natural chemical reactions – that can damage cells.
Want an even brighter smile for your big day? Dr Richard Marques offers an entire roster of tooth-whitening and cleaning treatments at Wimpole Street Dental, from the one-hour Zoom by Philips Laser Teeth Whitening to more extensive courses.